Yorkshire in April
After a UK holiday in an area of outstandingly beautiful countryside and coastline, with humongous amounts of heritage and history?
Yorkshire has all this to offer, plus delicious local delicacies and beer, great shopping and endless visitor attractions.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: active outdoor types and energetic children, playful toddlers and inquisitive teens and parents who like fresh air, culture and food
- Flying time: none
- Time difference: none
- Average temperature: 10-12°C
- Tourist information: The Yorkshire Dales
Why go to Yorkshire
- Yorkshire encompasses the national parks of the Dales, Moors and Peaks, with sweeping vistas and glorious walks. But don't forget stunning coastlines, Pennine gritstone edges and the sleepy Wolds and Howardian Hills.
- Aside from its natural beauty, Yorkshire offers more than 800 visitor attractions, from World Heritage Sites to mining museums and from ruined abbeys and castles to inspiring museums.
How to get there
- High-speed trains from London to the cities of York, Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster and Hull can take as little as 100 minutes.
- Yorkshire's cities and market towns are also easy to get to from other parts of the country. The M1 and A1 motorways provide fast road access to the region.
Where to stay
- Yorkshire accommodation caters for everyone's needs with everything from backpackers' barns to top-class accommodation, offering five-star service and facilities.
- For a longer stay, a self-catering cottage makes an excellent and flexible base and tends to provide best value for money. Try Cottages4You who offer excellent prices and discounts for Mumsnetters.
- For an indulgent city break, try Hotel du Vin properties in York or Harrogate, or Oulton Hall in Leeds.
- For more hotel options, visit laterooms.com.
What to do
- White Scar Cave in North Yorkshire is the longest showcase in England. A spectacular natural cave in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. See underground streams and waterfalls, thousands of stalactites, and the massive 200,000-year old Battlefield Cavern. The one-mile guided tour takes 80 minutes, with paths and lighting throughout.
- RSPB Reserve at Bempton, East Yorkshire, is a family favourite and one of the best places in the country to see and hear seabirds. More than 200,000 birds make the cliffs seem alive. The reserve is open from March each year.
- Try husky trekking at Scarborough with Pesky Husky Trekking - after expert instruction on a purpose-built circuit, children can become a 'musher' for a few hours and learn about the breed's history.
- Take a Dracula walk through the Gothic town of Whitby - 1,000 years of ecclesiastical and maritime heritage are preserved in this historic port.
- Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield, is a good choice on a nice day. Set in the beautiful grounds and gardens of a 500-acre, 18th-century country estate, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of the world's leading open-air galleries.
- The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds has more than 8,000 objects displayed in five galleries – War, Tournament, Oriental, Self-Defence and Hunting. Among the treasures are Henry VIII's tournament armour and the world record breaking elephant armour.
- You may remember visiting the Jorvik Viking Centre as a child if you ever holidayed in Yorkshire. It's still there and still just as fascinating for children to discover.
What Mumsnetters say
- If you're heading to the Jorvik Centre, make sure you get there very first thing, otherwise you'll queue for ages. ScreamandYellowFeathers
- Don't forget the North York Moors railway for a good old-fashioned steam train ride. Grosmont is a great place to get on/off. Indith
- The Forbidden Corner near Middleham is great, although some of the inside bits are not so good for some toddlers if they are easily scared. Lovely setting and gardens though. Good lunch/afternoon tea cafe there also. Mytholmroyd